Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 218. 1803, name conserved.

Common names: Star-vine
Etymology: Greek schisis, splitting, and andro, male
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Shrubs, twining. Leaves remote on long shoots, close on short lateral shoots. Flowers: perianth of 9-12 tepals in 2 series. Staminate flowers: stamens 5, partially or completely connate. Pistillate flowers: ovules 2-3 per locule. Berries on elongate receptacle when mature. x = 14.


North America, mainly e Asia.


Species 25 (1 in the flora).

The orthographic variant Schizandra, adopted by several authors for Schisandra Michaux, was first used by A. P. de Candolle ([1817]1818-1821, vol. 1, pp. 511, 544) and was perpetuated by subsequent authors. Convincing arguments for retention of the original orthography were presented by A. J. Rehder (1944). Schisandra is conserved over the earlier published name Stellandria.

Lower Taxa